Founded in 1929, Chongqing University (CQU) is a key national university in China, directly under the State Ministry of Education. It is also one of the "211 Project and 985 Project” universities with full support in construction and development from the central and local Government of China. CQU is located in Shapingba District, a cultural and educational center in the city of Chongqing, a major municipality of industry and commerce in the Southwest of China, an economic center on the upper reaches of Yangtze River. In 1960, Chongqing University was designated as one of the first key national universities.
UC’s partnership with Chongqing University has brought about the creation of the COP United College in Chongqing, placing CQU as the first institution in China to adopt the co-operative education model – once which was founded at the University of Cincinnati in 1906. Today, UC faculty work with CQU students and faculty to develop the curriculum that allows for semesters of academic study to be alternated with semesters of employment wherein the knowledge gained in the classroom is put to practice in the workplace.